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Here is a little bit of history...
According to the Scottish Tartan Museum....Tartan refers to the pattern of interlocking stripes, running in both the warp and weft in the cloth (horizontal and vertical), or any representation of such a woven design in other media (printed, painted, or otherwise rendered). Tartan has been around since before 3000 BC. Who knew?! However, the real popularity of the Tartan took off in the 17th century in the Scottish Highlands. Though clan tartans are the most well known, tartans can represent many different things. Some tartans represent families, towns, district, corporations, individuals, events -- you name it! What makes a tartan "official" or "authentic" is not age or antiquity, but whether it has the approval of the governing body of what that tartan represents.